Walking around Venice, you see lots of prints of old maps of ‘Venice from the air’. From the sixteenth century onwards, this became a stock way to depict Venice pictorially. The many different versions provide useful information about the history and development of the city through the ages and are fascinating to look at in detail.
The first, and to my mind still the best, version was produced in the year 1500 precisely by a certain Jacopo de’ Barbari, a Venetian painter, thought, through analysis of his style, to have been a pupil of Alvise Vivarini. Not much is known of him, save that he was born in Venice and moved to Germany in 1500, the year that his map was published.